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Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon breaks own world record in 1,500m at the Diamond League

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Kenyan long distance queen, Faith Kipyegon, was in her scintillating best at the Diamond League track and field meeting in Paris on Sunday when she broke her own world record in the women’s 1,500 meters.

Kipyegon beat a strong field to finish in 3:49.04, surpassing her record of 3:49.11, which was set in Italy last year.

The 30-year-old Kipyegon defeated nine other runners including Jessica Hull of Australia who finished second in 3:50.83, smashing her own Oceania record by five seconds, while Briton Laura Muir came in third in a British record of 3:53.79.

Kipyegon, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 1,500, having won in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and Tokyo in 2021, had only run twice in 2024, in the 1,500 and 5,000, to secure her spot for the Paris Olympics at the Kenyan trials in June.

After the pulsating race, Kipyegon said:

“I knew the world record was possible because I recently ran very fast in Kenya,” referring to the 3:53.98 she clocked at Kenya’s Olympic Trials.

“I was coming here to just run my race and to see what shape I’m in to defend my title at the Olympics,” she added.

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Nine killed, 20 injured in Somalia cafe bombing during Euro football final

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At least nine people have been confirmed killed and 20 others injured following a powerful car bomb blast at a cafe in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu that was packed with football fans watching the Euro 2024 final on Sunday night.

An official from the national security agency, Mohamed Yusuf. who confirmed the incident to journalists on Monday, said the death toll could well rise as some of the injured were in critical condition.

“Nine civilians were killed and 20 others wounded in the explosion,” Yusuf said.

“There were many people inside the restaurant, most of them youth who were watching the football match… but thanks to God, most of them made their way out safely after using ladders to climb up and jump over the backside perimeter wall,” he said.

A staff member at the cafe, Mohamud Salad, who also spoke to journalists, said five people were killed outside the shop instantly.

“People were watching the European football final between Spain and England on a screen inside the café in the Somali capital when a car loaded with explosives blew up outside,” Salad said.

“We have confirmed five deaths so far and twenty others wounded. Most of the casualties were among those who were outside. Fortunately, everyone inside survived, but there was extensive damage to vehicles and properties,” Salad added.

Images posted online showed a huge fireball and plumes of smoke billowing into the night sky as the explosion ripped through the popular restaurant in the center of the city.

Though no group has claimed responsibility for the bombing, state-run Somali National News Agency said the attack was carried out by Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab jihadists.

The news agency, in a report, said that “Al-Shabaab group has been waging a bloody insurgency against Somalia’s fragile federal government for more than 17 years and has carried out numerous bombings in Mogadishu and elsewhere in the country.”

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Cameroonian football union wants Eto’o banned for life over alleged nationality fraud

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A Cameroonian football union, the Association of Amateur Football Clubs of Cameroon (ACFAC), has added to the plight of embattled president of the country’s football Federation, Fecafoot, Samuel Eto’o, by calling for his lifetime ban over alleged nationality fraud.

In a petition to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), ACFAC called for Eto’o to be banned for life from all football-related activities alleging that he is ineligible to hold the presidency of Cameroonian football as he longer possesses Cameroonian nationality since 2007, which, according to the country’s Nationality Code, would render him ineligible for the Fecafoot presidency.

Citing Article 31, paragraph (a) of law N•68-LF-3 of June 11, which states that an adult Cameroonian who voluntarily acquires or retains a foreign nationality loses their Cameroonian nationality, ACFAC asserts that Eto’o acquired Spanish nationality on July 1, 2007, and formally renounced his Cameroonian nationality, yet continued to represent Cameroon in international football until 2014.

Based on the allegations, ACFAC demands Eto’o’s suspension from his duties as Fecafoot president while an investigation is conducted.

The union further argue that if their claims are confirmed, Eto’o should face:

1. A lifetime ban from any football-related activities.

2. Repayment of all benefits received from Fecafoot since his election in December 2021.

3. A payment of 20 billion CFA francs in damages and interests.

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